About: interconnectors

Electricity 04-06-2018

Why Europe needs more electricity interconnectors, public and private

Europe's underdeveloped power grid infrastructure means that a surplus of electricity cannot be traded across borders, wasting renewable energy in countries that produce more than they consume, write Jo Leinen and Werner Langen.
Energy 04-04-2018

Portugal breaks 100% renewables mark but remains isolated

Portugal produced more power from clean energy sources in March than it actually needed, marking the first time in the 21st century that renewables have topped 100% of its production. But a dearth of energy connections with the rest of Europe remains problematic.
Electricity 22-01-2018

Malta’s sole power link to Europe feels the strain

Energy security is an increasingly hot topic in Malta. Imported electricity prices increased last year and Valetta had to rely more and more on the sole undersea cable that links it to the European grid via Sicily.
Energy 11-01-2017

As Russia’s gas market gets weaker, Europe gets stronger

The Southern Gas Corridor, pipeline interconnectors and LNG terminals, particularly in the northeast, have slowly but steadily been weakening Russia's pipeline hegemony, writes Agnia Grigas.
Energy 05-12-2016

Five offers made for use of Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector

Five binding offers have been submitted for the use of the natural gas pipeline between Bulgaria and Greece, the joint venture building the link said in a statement.
Energy 08-06-2016

EU regulators raid Romania’s Romgaz, Transgaz, OMV Petrom

EU antitrust regulators have raided Romanian state-owned gas producer Romgaz, gas pipeline operator Transgaz and top oil and gas firm OMV Petrom, over the suspected blocking of gas exports to other EU countries.
Maroš Šef?ovi? will chair the trilaterals [European Parliament]
Energy 11-02-2016

Sefcovic: Nord Stream is not in conformity with the Energy Union’s goals

The European Commission so far is only aware of general information about the project, and is therefore unable to make conclusive decisions, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Energy 11-12-2015

Bulgaria and Greece start building gas interconnector

Sofia and Athens yesterday (10 December) signed a final investment agreement to build a natural gas pipeline to help Bulgaria reduce its almost complete reliance on Russian gas supplies.
Agrifood 18-11-2015

Commission outlines Energy Union legislative path

Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? unveiled the executive's plans for laying the foundations of the Energy Union, until the end of its term in 2019.
The Lukoil refinery in Burgas, Bulgaria
Azerbaijan 31-08-2015

Bulgaria offers Azerbaijan ‘a package’ of energy projects

The Bulgarian government has proposed a package of energy cooperation projects to Azerbaijan. It remains unclear if the massive deal is part of a swap of property linked to a plan to divest 17% of Azerbaijan’s shares of Greek gas operator DEFSA to a third country.
Electricity 15-04-2015

Baltic power plans may increase tensions with Russia

The Baltic states' goal of integrating with Europe's power grid risks cutting off an exclave of Russian territory, exacerbating regional stresses created by the Ukraine crisis.
Angela Merkel (Left) and François Hollande at the EU summit, 23 Oct. 2014 [European Council/Flickr]

EU leaders adopt ‘flexible’ energy and climate targets for 2030

EU leaders Thursday night (23 October) committed by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27%.
Donald Tusk [L] will have to work hand in hand with Jean-Claude Juncker [Commission]
EU Priorities 2020 10-09-2014

Poland hopes Tusk will create an EU Energy Union

SPECIAL REPORT: In his capacity of Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk has spearheaded the idea of an EU energy Union, and leading Polish politicians expect him to continue to do so as Council President, when he will take up the job from Herman Van Rompuy on 1 December.
Energy 22-08-2014

Lithuania, Poland ask EU to fund gas link

Lithuania and Poland have asked the European Union to cover up to 75% of the costs of a gas link between the two countries, their national gas grid companies said yesterday (21 August).
Energy 22-05-2014

Prague breaks ranks on EU energy policy towards Russia

While EU leaders make passionate pleas to coordinate national energy policies towards Russia, the Czech Republic said it would not back a Polish proposal to create a single body to buy gas for the European Union.
Central Europe 18-10-2013

Poland supports energy market integration with Baltics

Responding to a claims from Nato expert Dr Ar?nas Molis that Poland is against cross-border energy links with his country, Lithuania, three Polish authors have told EURACTIV that the large central European nation in fact supports energy market integration with the Baltics.
Digital 01-07-2013

Industrial internet promises economic benefits for Europe

Europe could be on the verge of reaping the huge benefits of the next industrial revolution – what is called the industrial internet. This exciting phase of industrial transformation will be technology driven, writes Hendrik Bourgeois.
Energy 18-09-2012

Leaked EU paper maps energy infrastructure black spots

EU countries are urged to speed up the connections of their gas and electricity grids, according to a draft European Commission report on investment in energy infrastructure, seen by EURACTIV.
Brexit 12-04-2012

Iceland’s volcanoes may power UK

The volcanoes of Iceland could soon be pumping low-carbon electricity into the UK under government-backed plans for thousands of miles of high-voltage cables across the ocean floor.
Energy 01-02-2011

Prime ministers to seal North-South gas corridor

On the eve of the 4 February EU energy summit, several prime ministers will gather in Brussels to mark their agreement for the North-South gas corridor, a project aimed at removing internal bottlenecks for gas transport. The announcement was made by Commission President José Manuel Barroso yesterday (31 January).